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Articles from the June 18, 2020 edition

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 By Griffen Smith    News    June 18, 2020

Harris and Walz finish on top at Mr. Pike

SEELEY LAKE - Fishermen and women braved the weekend weather to finish out the annual Mr. Pike tournament June 13 and 14. Though less than 10 teams fished the event, it was still a celebration. "It...

 By Andi Bourne    News    June 18, 2020

Tamaracks Resort to host Seeley Lake Fourth of July celebration

SEELEY LAKE – When the Seeley Lake Area Chamber of Commerce canceled the community Fourth of July parade and fireworks due to COVID-19 restrictions, owners of the Tamaracks Resort Jeff and Jessica Kimmel decided to throw a celebration. “We knew...

 By Nolan Lister    News    June 18, 2020

Family farms and ranches face uncertain future as producers age out

The 68-year-old old poultry farmer pointed out the hen houses he built decades ago, providing details of each wooden tenement's residents. Hugh Spencer built the hen houses and accompanying grain...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    June 18, 2020

Potomac celebrates graduates

POTOMAC - Signs and banners decorated the highway in front of Cullys and along Potomac Road in celebration of the Potomac School graduating classes of 2020. Both the kindergarten and eighth grade...


Serious consequences necessary for violating Wilderness Act

The “Hungry Horse News” reported that, “Two horsemen on a recent trip into the Bob Marshall Wilderness said they found something they never expected: A couple fishing on a sandbar of the South Fork of the Flathead after allegedly landing a...


Do not inhibit free speech

With all the things that are going on in the country right now I am worried about fairness and balance in the media, especially after The New York Times capitulated to the left wingers demanding a letter from a prominent republican (Tom Cotton) be...

 By Don Larson    Opinion    June 18, 2020

Tax relief for Montana property owners?

COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. are at more than 100,000, more than 40 million people have filed for unemployment and the U.S. economy is officially in “recession.” While Montana has experienced relatively few deaths, its economy, too, is taking a...


Politically correct

In defense of Roxie Sterling, I think the first amendment is still in effect. But the way things are goin,’ it may not be for long. She has a right to express her political views. Some may not like it but that’s her right as an American. Perhaps...

 By Shane Stack    Opinion    June 18, 2020

Thank you for investing in infrastructure

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the residents and voters of Missoula County for supporting the two-cent local option fuel tax. This new funding helps us complete much needed road maintenance and improvements – and distributes a portion...

 By Griffen Smith    News    June 18, 2020

SSHS to replace contaminated lead pipes

SEELEY LAKE - Seeley-Swan High School is upgrading its pipes over the summer after discovering a high concentration of lead back in 2017. The project, made possible by a $400,000 grant, will replace all the domestic water piping entering the high...


Respond to Census

Every 10 years we are asked to do one of the easiest, safest and most important things we can do for our communities: fill out our Census form. It doesn't sound exciting or glamorous, but without...

 By Griffen Smith    News    June 18, 2020

Afraid of losing unemployment benefits?

With the unexpected arrival of a pandemic, thousands of Montanans are out of work. For many, it could be the first time navigating the government’s policy on unemployment or business support funding. The Pathfinder looked to answer questions raised... Full story


Weed District staff available to assist with property management during COVID-19

As we all learn to adjust to the changes that COVID-19 has had on our day-to-day lives, there is one thing that has remained the same: weeds continue to grow! This spring, the weed district has seen a...

 By Ron Cox    Opinion    June 18, 2020

Wage war on houndstongue

Now is a very good time to attack the houndstongue noxious weed. Some plants are classified as "noxious weeds" because of some conflict with livestock or agricultural production. Houndstongue is not...


Blackfoot announces scholarship recipients

The Blackfoot Board of Trustees was pleased to award a total of $31,500 in academic scholarships to 46 outstanding students residing within the company’s Montana and Idaho rural service territories. The scholarship recognizes students who have...

 By Griffen Smith    News    June 18, 2020

Benton takes to the road for Camp Mak-A-Dream

SEELEY LAKE - DJ Benton, of Seeley Lake, rode towards Mount Morrel on his 47th birthday May 10 with a goal to match his miles traveled to years lived. While he watched the trees and mountains pass...


Grizzly Claw announces scholarship recipients

SEELEY LAKE - Korinne Treser and Ashly Berentsen each received $1,000 college scholarships this June from Grizzly Claw Trading. The scholarships are funded through the sales of used books donated by...

 By Andi Bourne    News    June 18, 2020

Board discusses COVID-19 policies for fall, approves Community Center lease

POTOMAC – Potomac Principal John Rouse set up a classroom with six feet between desks, hung signs as reminders about handwashing and hand sanitizer use and had a package of masks available to use for the June 8 school board meeting. This was an...

 By Tru Good    News    June 18, 2020

Student reflections on COVID-19

April 29, 2020... It was so hot out today, my body felt like it was burning because I haven't experienced heat like that since summer. Oh how I miss summer. I miss those long nights sitting around a... Full story

 By Griffen Smith    News    June 18, 2020

Seeley man returns home after being marooned in Belize

Don Larson has spent the last 22 winters fishing and cruising off the Central America coastline. Due to the coronavirus, both Larson and his partner Rosie Strope ended up staying out on the open...

 By Andi Bourne    News    June 18, 2020

PHC services and artwork discussed

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley-Swan Hospital District received updates from Partnership Health Center’s new chief medical officer and discussed the community artwork on display at their June 9 meeting via conference call. As of April 1, Dr. James...

 By Griffen Smith    News    June 18, 2020

Miss For and Mrs. Montana take over Tamaracks Resort

SEELEY LAKE - When program director of the Montana Mrs. America pageants Cindy Archer canceled the statewide competition due to the coronavirus, she remembered talking with Jessica Kimmel about a new...

 By Griffen Smith    News    June 18, 2020

Rent-All sees new ownership yet same plan

SEELEY LAKE - Terry Antonich spent his youth on Lake Inez, and hoped one day he would be able to find a career in Seeley. So when Dick Lewis decided to retire from Rent-All, Antonich took over....

 By Griffen Smith    News    June 18, 2020

MCPS plans for in-person classes for fall 2020

MISSOULA - The Missoula County Public School District released guidelines about students returning to class for the fall semester. Notably, the District is putting Seeley-Swan High School in a different category from the other schools.... Full story


Leonard Moore 1926 - 2020

SWAN VALLEY - Leonard was born in Pablo, Mont. May 29, 1926 to the parents of George and Fern Moore. He was the the oldest of three siblings. He had a long and adventurous life in the Big Sky... Full story


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